Jan 13, 2022 12:26 PM

Wildcats fall to 0-4 in Big 12 play

Posted Jan 13, 2022 12:26 PM

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior Damion Baugh’s 3-point field goal with 11 seconds put the exclamation point on TCU’s 8-0 run to end the game, as the Horned Frogs kept Kansas State winless in Big 12 play with a 60-57 come-from-behind victory on Wednesday night before 5,623 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.

Trailing 57-52 after junior Markquis Nowell’s layup with 1:48 to play, TCU (11-2, 1-1 Big 12) put together an improbable comeback to earn its third straight victory at Bramlage Coliseum. Baugh started the run by making his second of 2 free throws with 1:11 to play. Junior Emanuel Miller corralled an offensive rebound off a 3-point miss by sophomore Mike Miles, Jr., and scored on a layup to close the gap to 57-55 with 24 seconds.

After timeouts by both teams, sophomore Nijel Pack was whistled for a travel as he received the in-bound pass with 18 seconds, allowing the Horned Frogs to setup Baugh’s game-winning 3-pointer that came off an assist from Miles for a 58-57 lead with 11 seconds to play. K-State had one more chance, but sophomore Davion Bradford could not connect on a layup and Miles was able secure the rebounds before being fouled with 1.4 seconds.

Miles, who led all scorers with 19 points, knocked down both free throw attempts to finish off the 60-57 victory. Baugh was the only other Horned Frog in double figures, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-9 field goals, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Miller led all players with 10 rebounds.

The loss was the fourth in a row for K-State (8-7, 0-4 Big 12) to start Big 12 play, as the Wildcats dropped their third straight game when leading in the second half. The team has lost 4 games by 3 points or less, while 6 of the 7 losses this season have come by a grand total of 25 points.

The loss overshadowed a stellar performance by Nowell, who led three Wildcats in double figures with 18 points on 7-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, to go with a career-high 7 steals, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 34 minutes. His 7 steals tied for the most by a Wildcat in a conference game and were the most since LaKeith Humphrey had 7 against Nebraska on February 11, 1989. Overall, Nowell’s 7 steals tied for the third-most in all games and were the most since Dominique Sutton had 8 vs. Idaho State on January 3, 2009.